Smile - It Could Save a Life

Smile: It Could Save a Life

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. (Mother Teresa) I met Len Leatherwood, author of this guest blog, at a Story Circle writer’s conference. Given what we’ve experienced recently in the great divide between those who celebrate the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and those who mourn the reaction to Dr. Ford’s testimony, here is a powerful example of how smile therapy can impact […]

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Memory care - dementia

An Open Letter to Dementia Caregivers

“A million tomorrows shall all pass away, ‘ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today.” (From Today by John Denver) For reasons I’ll leave for others to explain, we are witnessing an increase in the number of people that do forget all the joy that was theirs. My circle of family and friends struggling to care for someone with dementia has been steadily growing over the past few years. Last week the challenges of […]

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prune and bloom - Jen Halligan

Prune and Bloom Your Life with Jen Slaski Halligan’s Help

Jen Slaski Halligan titled her workshop at the Story Circle Network Conference I attended last month “Prune & Bloom: How to Create Space for What Matters Most.” From the brief description of it I expected tips on how to write a novel in only ten uninterrupted minutes a day. Or perhaps, I thought, she’ll show me how to declutter my writing environment so I can write away the hours with fewer distractions. That is not what […]

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Happy Easter (After Good Friday of course)

And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all. (Hebrews 10:10) Another Easter is upon us. So I’ve been pondering the “so what” about this annual cycle of Holy Week, culminating with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter morning. I have time to ponder such things now that I’m no longer responsible for any of these services.  Why do we still do this […]

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Family Camp – Lutherhill Style

Train up a child in the way he (or she) should go, and when he (or she) is old s/he will not depart from it. (Prov. 22:6) Several years ago Gaynell suggested we combine our assorted grandkids and take them all to family camp at Lutherhill where I had retired as Executive Director a few years earlier. Gaynell and I are related by virtue of having married first cousins. That makes our grandchildren second cousins […]

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